The title of this post has a two-fold meaning. The first are (semi-humorous) religious inclinations of various psychological types, ultimately supporting a quite subjective meaning of reality, introduced by the following glimpse into INTP religious fervor, and further below supplemented by observations on the psychological motivations of religious leanings more generally. The other is a reference to a critique of the potential religiosity of systems of typology in and of themselves. Finally, pictures from burning man are meant to underline man’s aesthetic mode of life.
Anything bright has been thought before — to make it thought again. From one – to many – to one.
(An interpolation in defense of references instead of original fasels, ramblings, material.)
Language is but ever a collection of experience filtered through the bio-logical layer of manifested personal and collective history. Symbol synopses configure and are then played back on networks of synapses. Modern massive interconnection has created another layer of joints in the Matrix (the idea of the movie taken as metaphor for experienced reality, with the twist of the complete absence of an ´outside´ world, or rather, any concept of such being outside the reach of any tangible experience: meta-physics) atop more localized communicative entities. Essentially, parameters of a function of novelty are not cosmological, but system-dependent. Meaning that as a world gets tighter, the necessity of fundamental innovation dwindles, or, more accurately, the frequency of radical development increases towards a mere speculative point of equilibrium, sometimes referred to as singularity, when all being has converged into one self (an ideal we might very well use as the basis for a meaningful definition of divinity). What someone else has expressed beautifully, we can procreate as shared experience. Crucial insights are only really valued and thus valuable after implementation into the distributed system of consciousness. The meaning of existence is thusly found in the cliché of the rippling effect and hermetic circle of transferred affection ? appreciation ? comprehension, etc.
Religion and Type – An MBTI Perspective
Artisans all have ADHD, and so should select religions which are dramatic, colourful and fun. Something a bit kooky and extreme would be a bonus. Es should select something that they can throw their energy and flair into without having to engage in any discipline and study. Charismatic Protestantism is an excellent example. I’s can select something more involved.
ISTP: Select something hardcore, preferably where you get to smite the enemies of God. Extremist Fundamentalist Islam is currently a popular choice.
ISFP: Select a religion based on whether its art or music appeals to you. High Episcopalianism or Catholocism are good for theatre and classical music. Avoid anything tacky.
ESTP: You are hellbound anyway, so don’t bother. Just sleep in.
Guardians want to live dry, regimented lives. Guardians should select regimented, controlling religions with lots of rules that they seek to impose on others. The ideal choice would be a religion that is illogical and inconsistent yet impossible to argue down due to the sheer energy and stubbornness of their proponents. In selecting a religion, Guardians should temper the ideal choice for their type by the fact that for Guardians, Mom and Dad’s religion is ideal, provided it is a good Guardian religion.
ISTJ: Methodism, or some other form of Protestant Christianity, as long as it is dry.
ISFJ: Judaism, Conservative or Orthodox
ESTJ: Islam, mainstream
These types are basically Godless and evil. Their choice of “faith” should reflect that.
INTP: INTPs are always right, therefore they should skip right to atheism, with an option on immortality as a simulation in a computer of unimaginable complexity at the end of time as proven by the laws of physics.
INTJ: Objectivism. Ayn Rand is your gal.
ENTP: You are also always right, yet like all EPs lack an attention span. Try agnosticism, and try not thinking about it too much.
ENTJ: Religion has its uses. Money, power and easy access to willing sex partners leap immediately to mind. Try starting your own cult. The exact type of cult should be determined by your background and aesthetic tastes, and by the exploitable pre-existing inclinations of the pathetic sheep-people who surround you.
The correct religions for NFs are flakey “spiritual” ones, such as Wicca or Zen. If you are an NF, you should select the proper religion for you from the list below. If for some reason the correct choice for your type is not practical for you, try and compromise by wearing funky clothes, eschewing deodorant, and keeping lots of magic shit around your appartment, like Tarot cards. Smoking lots of weed is a nice touch as well.
INFP: Wicca, especially Celtic paganism. Also possibly Druidism, but not Asatru.
INFJ: Zen Buddhism.
ENFP: “Ecclectic paganism.” No one expects you to have an attention span, so just go with the “smoking weed and buying magic crystals” option.
ENFJ: Hare Krishna
The Inferior Function in Religious Participation
Sensing types may be drawn to religion because it the food it offers for their inferior N. For Sensing types, ideas, theories, and other metaphysical notions engender feelings of magic and mystery. Since S types feel ill-equipped to produce or defend their own theories, organized religion provides them with an external source of ideas, as well as the tools for defending them. No one is more apt to be enamored with an Intuitive religious leader than an S congregant. The sheep-shepherd analogy seems apt with regard to this S-N relationship. Congregating with like-minded others also provides S types with support and encouragement for their N worldview.
The fact that we are drawn to religion for the same reasons we are drawn to our inferior function cannot be used, at least not independently, as an argument against the existence of God. Otherwise, we might end up at an extreme Idealist position, in which everything is viewed as a mere projection or production of our own psyche. In fact, Extraverts (especially ES types) might be inclined to take the opposite position, that of extreme realism, arguing that the psyche is nothing but an introjection of the outside world. Hence, just as an Introvert may be wont to question the existence of an external God, an Extravert may be disposed to question the existence of the self or the psyche. This is why many philosophers have rightly observed that the particular way we see the world is largely an artifact or extension of our own personality.
The Problem with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
It inevitably seems true that human beings have distinct patterns of personality from each other. From day to day it seems that individuals repeat certain behaviors and reactions to their environment and each other. On a merely empirical and data-driven level we can test subjects to show that they maintain certain traits throughout their life or the majority of their developmental phases. On the more observational level it seems quite obvious that people simply replicate behaviors that they find comfort in that develop from very early infancy and further reinforce throughout behavioral interactions with their environment.
The problem with MBTI is unfortunately the seeming element that its language remains improbably inconsistent between its Jungian and psychoanalytic origins and how it translates into different worlds of language. As I mentioned with “SJ-archy”, the only broad and useful application of MBTI as it remains in its current state is whenever the archetypes can be easily understood within an overall application to how collective archetypes manifest within society, and how they attain, relate to, and distribute power/knowledge. I would perhaps be inclined to agree that MBTI as a language remains useful within specific and highly advanced umwelts, that is, worlds of language that have developed within a specific psyche or collection of psyches.
If psychology is arguably one of the most unexplored fields in science, I find personality one of the most enigmatic subfields in psychology. What we need right now, rather as an individual or as a collective development, is to escape our Ptolemaic paradigm of personality. What we need now is some sort of Copernicus, or better yet, an Isaac Newton for personality theory.